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If you’re a litigator or trial lawyer, your life is full—in and out of the courtroom. May the Record Reflect is the podcast of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and we know that if something related to lawyering is interesting to us, chances are it’s interesting to you, too. Trial skills, office life, personal development, and more—it’s all fair game on May the Record Reflect.

If you’re a litigator or trial lawyer, your life is full—in and out of the courtroom. May the Record Reflect is the podcast of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and we know that if something related to lawyering is interesting to us, chances are it’s interesting to you, too. Trial skills, office life, personal development, and more—it’s all fair game on May the Record Reflect.

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If you’re a litigator or trial lawyer, your life is full—in and out of the courtroom. May the Record Reflect is the podcast of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and we know that if something related to lawyering is interesting to us, chances are it’s interesting to you, too. Trial skills, office life, personal development, and more—it’s all fair game on May the Record Reflect.

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English


Episodes

31. Goliath Hits Back, with Judge Nancy Gertner and Reuben Guttman

6/14/2022
Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner and class action lawyer Reuben Guttman discuss the impact of Twombly and Iqbal, two SCOTUS decisions that precipitated critical changes in pleading, class certification, and expert standards that have affected a complaint’s capacity for making it past the motion-to-dismiss stage. In this wide-ranging interview, they talk about the challenges these decisions have on both judges and practitioners and how the landmark case of Brown v. Board might fare under...

Duration:00:51:23

30. Your Courtroom Comeback, with Carol Sowers

5/2/2022
As social distancing and K95s finally become visible in the rearview mirror, communications expert Carol Sowers returns to the podcast to coach listeners through the yips of post-lockdown performance anxiety and rusty face-to-face social skills, and to discuss the remote advocacy habits we created that are worth keeping and refining. She also touches on a few subtle ways lawyers inadvertently undermine their authenticity and credibility. Topics 2:57 Staring down the yips 9:46 Our best...

Duration:00:39:36

29. Gathering Admissions, with Jason Young

3/31/2022
In Episode 29 of May the Record Reflect, we gather all sorts of admissions—about depositions—from NITA NextGen alumni faculty member Jason Young. After taking and defending thousands of depositions throughout his career, he’s no-nonsense and has figured out how to make the challenges easier on himself, his clients, and his witnesses. Jason also talks about the crucial work–life decisions all lawyers face as they begin their careers. Topics 2:58 The hard part of taking depositions 5:07...

Duration:00:46:12

28. Give ‘em the Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, with Dominic Gianna

3/1/2022
In Episode 28 of May the Record Reflect, New Orleans trial legend Dominic Gianna introduces the concept of “audience-centric advocacy” and how to reach jurors and judges through effective storytelling, psychological insights, and physical performance. This self-professed “Broadway theater kid” talks about stepping into your own personal style, becoming comfortable in your own skin, why you need log lines and tag lines, and how he became the legal consultant on My Cousin Vinny.' Topics 3:26...

Duration:00:59:49

27. Closing Time, with Luke Cass

2/8/2022
In Episode 27 of May the Record Reflect, former federal prosecutor Luke Cass slides into the hot seat to answer questions about closing arguments. He shares what he learned in working civil and criminal cases for the DOJ in Puerto Rico and D.C., with a particular emphasis on reversals on closing: what they are, why they happen, and what happens next. Topics 3:39 Closing argument is the time for … 4:04 Advantages and challenges for counsel in closing argument 6:44 When to develop your...

Duration:00:28:19

26. Direct Hit, with Mike Beckwith

1/4/2022
26. Direct Hit, with Mike Beckwith In Episode 26 of May the Record Reflect, we’re joined by trial veteran Mike Beckwith to talk about one of the foundations of trial practice: the direct examination. As a Chief Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice, Mike has litigated hundreds of cases before trial courts in multiple federal districts and the Ninth Circuit. Tune in to find out why he thinks direct examination is crucial to your case, the best way to deal with bad...

Duration:00:40:56

25: Best of 2021

12/7/2021
In Episode 25 of May the Record Reflect, we take a listen to the best tips we heard from each episode in 2021. To hear the full episodes from which each tip was derived, please visit our podcasts on nita.org here. Topics 1:47 Dick Harpootlian 3:49 Alison Reagan 5:57 Dean Marc Miller 9:14 Helen Geib 11:28 BJ Moore 14:35 Alicia Aquino 16:22 Shannon Bales 17:35 Hon. Nancy Vaidik 20:15 Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla 21:59 Judith Gaton 23:29 Steve Wood 27:16 J.C. Lore 29:10 Reuben...

Duration:00:39:35

24: Tips and Tales, with Legal Legend Dick Harpootlian

11/2/2021
In Episode 24 of May the Record Reflect, we’re joined by legendary American trial lawyer Dick Harpootlian. He takes a moment out from representing Alex Murdaugh to describe the roundabout way he entered law and became one of the nation’s top trial lawyers, discuss what it was like to work death penalty cases and prosecute an infamous mass murderer, and reveal advocacy tips that have always brought him luck. Topics 3:28 The accidental lawyer 7:14 Winning . . . and losing 8:48 Introducing...

Duration:00:44:13

23. My Landmark SCOTUS Case with Jo Carol LaFleur Nesset-Sale

10/11/2021
In Episode 23 of the podcast, we’re joined by Jo Carol Nesset-Sale, who as a young woman brought forth a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit that found its way to the United States Supreme Court. Her case, Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur, was part of the societal sea change that resulted in women being able to remain in the workforce as their families grew. Jo Carol’s experience lit a fire in her to become a lawyer herself and transform the lives of her clients she serves. Topics 2:09...

Duration:00:48:58

22. Pretrial Advocacy, with Reuben Guttman and J.C. Lore

9/7/2021
In Episode 22 of May the Record Reflect, Reuben Guttman and J.C. Lore discuss their new book, Pretrial Advocacy, and why modern litigation practices necessitate early, close attention from practitioners. They discuss the interplay of early discovery with the Federal Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure, how law schools are responding to “front-loaded” litigation that often results in fewer jury trials, why public interest law matters, and what’s exciting about pretrial. Topics 3:37 The...

Duration:00:43:29

21: Top 10 Trial Tips that Make a Difference, with Steve Wood

7/29/2021
In Episode 21 of May the Record Reflect, veteran prosecutor Steve Wood joins us to share his ten favorite trial tips. He also talks about what he remembers about his first trial, his life in public service as the Delaware DOJ’s leading trial attorney, and the other reflections on living the lawyering life. Topics 2:43 Tip #1 5:20 Why law? 7:18 Tip #2 10:31 Recollections of his first trial 13:08 Tip #3 18:08 Favorite part of trial 25:04 Tip #4 27:15 Nerves and anxiety about...

Duration:01:00:31

20: Trial Style and Courtroom Confidence, with Judith Gaton

7/6/2021
In Episode 20 of May the Record Reflect, trial lawyer and wardrobe consultation Judith Gaton joins us to explain why style matters in the courtroom and how to dress for post-pandemic office life at a time when the expected corporate culture—and maybe our bodies—have changed. Topics 3:05 Why your clothes matter 5:36 But isn’t style frivolous? 13:18 Work clothes that no longer “fit” 16:22 Evaluating your wardrobe after covid 18:45 What pieces to invest in, and what to save on 21:48...

Duration:00:40:30

19: Upleveling Your Oral Advocacy Skills, with Hon. Nancy Vaidik and Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla

6/1/2021
In Episode 19 of May the Record Reflect, Judge Nancy Vaidik of the Indiana Court of Appeals and international communications consultant Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla, are in the hot seat to share insights from their new book, Point Well Made, Persuasive Oral Advocacy. They reveal why oral advocacy still matters in a time when most cases settle before going to trial, how to better know your judge to give yourself a leg up, and what are the highs and lows of ruling from the Zoom bench. Topics 3:56...

Duration:00:47:40

18: Now Presenting: Why You Need a Trial Tech to Run the Show, with Shannon Bales and Alicia Aquino

5/4/2021
In Episode 18 of “May the Record Reflect,” we’re talking about something that’s all too often an afterthought when a case goes to trial: the electronic courtroom presentation. When expertly executed by a trial technologist, a trial presentation will provide you and your fact-finders one shortcut after another that ease courtroom procedures and benefit your client. Trial technologists Shannon Bales and Alicia Aquino share their insights, recommendations, and best practices that will have you...

Duration:01:10:30

17: Can You Hack It? Protecting Electronic Client Data, with Helen Geib and BJ Moore

4/6/2021
In Episode 17 of “May the Record Reflect,” we’re talking about cybersecurity for law firms: why it’s important, how to prevent hackers from accessing your clients’ electronic data, what to do if it happens, and what ethics canons have to say about it. Patent attorney and e-discovery expert Helen Geib and technologist BJ Moore share their tips to help you manage this important and often overlooked aspect of law firm management. Topics 4:00 Why law firms are a rich target for...

Duration:00:48:46

16. 50 Tips for 50 Years, Part 2

3/2/2021
In this episode of May the Record Reflect, we continue our 50th anniversary celebration by picking up where we left off in Episode 15. Part II of this “50 Tips for 50 Years” mini-series gives you best practices for dealing with nerves at trial, how to improve your public speaking skills, and delivering a sound winning argument, as shared by NITA program directors, faculty members, authors, and members of the Board of Trustees. 1:25 Dealing with nerves at trial—or anywhere 15:11 Getting...

Duration:00:35:51

15: 50 Tips for 50 Years, Part 1

2/9/2021
2021 marks fifty years of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as the nation’s go-to gold standard in All Things Advocacy. Here on the podcast, we wanted to celebrate this year-long occasion with our gift to you: 50 trial tips for each of NITA’s 50 years. In this first episode of a special two-part series, a cross-section of NITA program directors, faculty members, authors, and members of the Board of Trustees share their best tips and tricks for improving trial skills. 1:35 Choosing...

Duration:00:43:34

14. Paper Chase, with Marc Miller and Allison Regan

1/8/2021
In Episode 14 of “May the Record Reflect,” we gather insight on how to start your legal career against a daunting backdrop of covid, layoffs, and societal change. Listen as Dean Marc Miller of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and Allison Regan, professional development director at Houston’s Bracewell law firm, offer their perspectives on being a successful law student and young lawyer during this unique moment in our nation’s history. Topics 3:33 Is this a...

Duration:00:53:15

13. One on One on One, with Judge Mark Drummond and Carol Sowers

11/3/2020
In Episode 13 of “May the Record Reflect,” communications specialist Carol Sowers returns, bringing Judge Mark Drummond with her, to talk about meeting needs of the trial community in the strange new world of Zoom. Video hearings, depositions, jury trials, and even conference calls are now the new normal, but when your client has everything on the line, you must elevate your on-camera presentation. Judge Drummond and Carol talk about NITA’s 1:1 coaching that helps you do exactly that, and...

Duration:00:43:23

12. Career Development in the Time of COVID, with Amy Hancock and Tim Henderson

10/6/2020
In Episode 12 of “May the Record Reflect,” we get tools, tips, and resources that will help you keep up momentum in your legal career development. Professional development officers Amy Hancock and Tim Henderson talk about making the most of the challenges—and opportunities—that the pandemic has brought. Topics 3:49 Effects of pandemic on legal career development 5:36 Work-life balance for the home office 10:50 Leadership support during individual struggles 16:17 Fostering...

Duration:00:58:10